Support Us

Become a Mentor

Mentors are valuable assets to our teams. We are especially in need of mentors who can answer general questions about biomimicry, support teams’ design processes, answer biological and technical questions, and address business model concerns. Once you have registered on the Challenge site, you may fill out a mentor application and complete your profile. You can then reach out to teams directly, via the Team Directory, or wait for them to contact you. Mentors will be asked to update their profile on an annual basis.

Sponsor the Challenge or a Prize

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge helps to create a whole new generation of creative designers and problem solvers. Help us support these inspirational innovators, whether in the form of a prize or general support. Contact for details.

Share a Resource

Do you have a resource that will help our teams better understand the challenges and opportunities of climate change? Can you support a Challenge team in your community with funding or access to experts? Do you have a tool to help our teams assess the potential carbon impact of their designs? If you have a resource to share, please contact us.

Serve as a Judge

Our Challenge judges come from a variety of backgrounds representing expertise in biomimicry, climate change, the built environment, engineering, design, business, policy, and more. If you are committed to the vision of a world in harmony with nature, want to be inspired by new ideas, and offer valuable feedback to young designers and entrepreneurs, consider joining us by completing the Call for Judges form.

Help us Spread the Word

Reach out to your networks, students, colleagues, friends, and potential teammates, with social media blurbs, graphics, and sample copy here. If you have outreach ideas or would like more information, please contact

Teach with the Challenge

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge offers university educators an exciting platform for teaching biomimicry.

We've found that design challenges are an excellent way to teach and learn biomimicry. Hands-on and project­-oriented, team challenges help students develop research, collaboration, and critical thinking skills, and biomimicry itself provides a new way for students to engage with biology, engineering, and design topics. Challenge topics focus on critical real ­world problems that can also help educators situate their teaching in the context of important social and environmental issues.

What does the challenge offer educators and their students?

  • Detailed Challenge Brief - ­ Our design briefs are suitable as a framework for a semester or year-end project.
  • Theme Resources ­-  We work with knowledge and media partners to provide references and information about our Challenge topic, climate change.
  • Biomimicry Resources ­-  The Biomimicry Toolbox and AskNature provide a comprehensive introduction to the goals and methods of biomimicry, and a library of biological strategies for inspiration.  
  • Motivation ­- Challenge winners will be featured in high profile media, will have access to biomimicry experts and mentors, and can compete for cash prizes and other awards, including the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®.

Note: We are currently pilot-testing a Youth Design Challenge specifically for middle and high school students, with the goal of launching more widely in fall 2018. If you are a middle school or high school educator, you can learn how to get involved here.